“And our after-sales support offers 72 virgins…”

Possibly the best advertising campaign ever? A car dealership is declaring “a jihad on the automotive market”. Sales reps will wear burkas. But let’s have the ad speak for itself:

“Our prices are lower than the evil-doers’ every day. Just ask the Pope!” the ad says. “Friday is fatwa Friday, with free rubber swords for the kiddies.”

All in the best possible taste!

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Raging Boll

Back in June Uwe Boll, the German director of some of the worst films known to man, invited film critics to come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough.

The first fight was on September 6th, when Boll won his fight with Carlos Palencia Jimenez-Arguello of Spanish website CineCutre. He’s now moved on to Vancouver, where he punched out critics including Jeff Sneider of Ain’t It Cool News and Something Awful’s Richard “Lowtax” Kyanka. Boll is apparently a decent boxer, and the fights will appear in his latest film, Postal. Which, let’s face it, can’t be any worse than Alone in the Dark.

Greg Egan Sighting

A plea to save New Scientist:

New Scientist is a British-based publication where many thousands of lay people get their information on scientific matters, and (IMHO) it does an excellent job about 70% of the time. But the combination of a sensationalist bent and a lack of basic knowledge by its writers (most obviously in physics) is rendering it unreliable often enough to constitute a real threat to the public understanding of science.

Possibly wouldn’t have been my first choice of simile

Producer Andy Wilman on the fate of Top Gear:

A new series of Top Gear was due to begin next month, but Wilman said it should remain on hold unless and until Hammond can rejoin Clarkson and fellow presenter James May. ‘The only Top Gear I’m ever interested in making is the one with those three in it, and it has to be those three,’ Wilman told The Observer. ‘I wouldn’t, I couldn’t do it [without Richard]. Those three have the best relationship on television, like Last of the Summer Wine with cars.’

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Symbolism Gone Mad

Intersex Children

What happens when someone is born both boy and girl?

“I grew up a girl. I was always a tomboy, I wrestled, I played softball. I had bladder problems when I was a kid, and when I went in to have my urethra fixed” — at age 3 — “they decided to give me a vaginoplasty and also a clitoridectomy,” that is, surgically reshape the vagina and reduce the size of her clitoris. “When I finally learned all this, I spent a lot of time staring in the mirror” — she pressed her hands flat against her cheeks and stretched her skin of her face back toward her ears — “going: ‘Do I look like a boy? Do I look like a boy?’ Now I think being intersex is pretty weird but kind of sweet. I just wish someone had given me the tools to be able to talk about it.”

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Further Adventures in Sandwiches